[prin-tuh-buh l]


capable of being printed.
suitable for publication; fit to print.

Origin of printable

First recorded in 1830–40; print + -able
Related formsprint·a·bil·i·ty, print·a·ble·ness, nounnon·print·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for printable

Contemporary Examples of printable

Historical Examples of printable

  • It was "printable," and it did come out in print—that was something!


    Dana Gatlin

  • They were told in language not to be found in any printable book.

    Sea Warfare

    Rudyard Kipling

  • This is not what Callahan said: it is merely a printable paraphrase of his rejoinder.

    The Grafters

    Francis Lynde

  • I can write little that is printable about these aesthetic crimes.

  • That appealed to me as printable, but where to put it in the paper?

British Dictionary definitions for printable



capable of being printed or of producing a print
suitable for publication
Derived Formsprintability or printableness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for printable

1820 as "capable of being printed;" 1838 as "suitable to be published in print," from print (v.) + -able. Related: Printability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper